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Monday, 19 March 2012
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Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (18:28): Can I indicate—in less than a minute or so—that I will be supporting this motion, for these reasons. I believe the amendments moved by the government in the other place were significant and that those amendments ought to be the subject of scrutiny by the committee. Not to do so would, I think, be abdicating due process in relation to this. I do not think we need a long inquiry, but I think it would be important to look at that to build on the work of the legislation committee and the thorough way that it examined this legislation. So in the circumstances I support the motion, but that does not mean that I support the coalition's position in relation to this bill. But I do sup­port appropriate processes being followed.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Fisher ): For clarification, given that Senator Xenophon rose after Senator McKenzie, I am advised that your contribution, Senator Xenophon, effectively negates Senator McKenzie's seeking leave to continue her remarks.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Fisher be agreed to.